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The hidden figures that charted the American path to space

The hidden figures that charted the American path to space

By Alan Wong
February 22, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — Mention “human computers” and the first thing that might come to mind are the mentats in Frank Herbert’s Dune. The second thing might be a bunch of women called the Harvard Computers, who helped American astronomer Edward Charles Pickering map the stars. I first learnt of them — in particular Annie Jump Cannon, a key figure in the development of the modern star classification system — from Jason Porath’s... Read more

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A man reads his newspaper as he walks past the National Bank of Greece headquarters in central Athens February 22, 2017. — Reuters pic

A man reads his newspaper as he walks past the National Bank of Greece headquarters in central Athens February 22, 2017. — Reuters pic